A Peaceful Heart

Counteracting paralysis of the soul Each day brings on new challenges regarding the  health of your soul. Those moments when a family member or coworker makes a remark that are meant to anger you, are those times you need to guard your heart. When those around you are gossiping about someone, that is an opportunity for you to keep silent.…

Teaching Children to Love God

Children learn love of God by the example of their parents Every Orthodox parent wants their children to grow up attending Sunday Liturgies and staying active in the life of the Church throughout their lives. Yet many parents don’t demonstrate the importance of having a personal relationship with God in front of their children. If you do not make God…

The Old Self

We must put off the old self As we struggle to make spiritual progress we do battle with the old self. We work against old habits that have kept us stuck and prevented the change we so desire in our quest for communion with God. Our sins and passions have become familiar to us, almost like old friends, and laziness…

Imparting Wisdom

Imparting wisdom to the next generation We are living in an age that has witnessed changes on a massive scale as never before. The way we communicate has changed with the coming of the internet, with information available that would have required a library and advanced degrees to access in the past. Ideas and information are available that leave our…

Orthodox Worship

The seamless stream of worship with the Ancient Church Those of you who have been reading my postings are aware that we get a lot of Evangelical Christians visiting our monastery. Many are seeking that which they sense is older and more stable than the present day expression of Evangelical Christian denominations. Some are finding the “entertainment” approach to worship…

My Mom

Grateful for the love of my mother The most important gift I received from my mother was the gift of love. She loved me, and demonstrated her love for me throughout my childhood. She also showed me how to love others, and that ability to be open to love, and to express love for others, eventually taught me to love…

Frontline Chaplains

Ministering to people caught up in natural disasters Frontline, the International Orthodox Christian Charities disaster dispatch team, held its annual training seminary in Chicago. Orthodox priests and lay people who serve under the umbrella of Frontline minister to people whose lives have been turned upside down during major disasters. Putting the words of the gospels to work, Frontline Chaplains serve…

Thank You!

For your continued prayerful and financial support All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is a non-profit, 501 C3 organization, under IRS regulations.All donations are therefore tax deductible. We support ourselves through the sales of Monastery Blend Coffee, and a little gift shop. We grow as many of our fruits and vegetables as we can, raise bees, and have chickens and ducks for our…

Avoiding Hypocrisy

It is very easy to live our lives in hypocrisy if we are not mindful of the pitfalls of the spiritual life. We can become Pharisees without even noticing, if we let our Christianity be artificially lived. Living our lives as though we have been rehearsed by a stage director, we will have accomplished nothing, and will remain no more…

Trusting God

Putting our trust in God, regardless It is often difficult for us to put our total trust in God. We have our own agenda as to what WE think needs to happen and wonder where God is when we don’t get the answer to our prayers the way we think it should be. We are like little children who doubt…

The Psychopath

The problem of evil in God’s creation We’ve all read news reports of horrid cases of people being imprisoned for long periods of time by perverted individuals who have been later diagnosed as classic psychopaths. By definition, psychopaths are individuals who are hateful towards others, and incapable of empathy. Sometimes known as Dissocial Personality Disorder, or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (alternate…

Loving One’s Neighbor

Loving our neighbor requires commitment When we commit to behaving as though we love others, making every effort to be kind and generous towards them, a wonderfully surprising thing happens. We eventually actually do love others. Learning to truly love our neighbor takes commitment on our part. We must will ourselves to learn to love everyone. With love in Christ,…